Public school teachers now required to do student mental health assessments


Readers!
 
For many reasons, mostly political but partly ethical, I do not use Google, Facebook, Twitter. They practice corrupt business policies, while targeting conservative websites for censoring, facts repeatedly confirmed by news stories and by my sense that Facebook has taken action to prevent my readers from recommending Behind the Black to their friends.
 
Thus, I must have your direct support to keep this webpage alive. Not only does the money pay the bills, it gives me the freedom to speak honestly about science and culture, instead of being forced to write it as others demand.

 

Please consider donating by giving either a one-time contribution or a regular subscription, as outlined in the tip jar below.


 

Regular readers can support Behind The Black with a contribution via paypal:

Or with a subscription with regular donations from your Paypal or credit card account:


If Paypal doesn't work for you, you can support Behind The Black directly by sending your donation by check, payable to Robert Zimmerman, to
 
Behind The Black
c/o Robert Zimmerman
P.O.Box 1262
Cortaro, AZ 85652

 

You can also support me by buying one of my books, as noted in the boxes interspersed throughout the webpage. And if you buy the books through the ebookit links, I get a larger cut and I get it sooner.

What could possibly go wrong? A federal law passed in 2015 and signed by President Obama now requires public school teachers to do mental health assessments of their elementary school students, without obtaining parental permission.

You read that right: if you live in an ESSA state, your child’s mental health will be assessed by a non-medical professional in a non-medical context. The paperwork will not be protected by HIPAA laws, which means that the school district can share a teacher’s assessment of your child’s mental health with literally anyone. Parents are not asked for permission before the DESSA is administered, nor do they have any say over where the records go once they are obtained.

Worse, the assessments require teachers to fill out a form with 72 questions on each student, a time-consuming task that will likely interfere with unimportant things like teaching.

Share

3 comments

  • Cotour

    And who will be evaluating the teachers mental health?

    I know teachers in the New York City system, they are under sooo much pressure now, I do not know how they cope. To a man and a woman they all say “I love the kids, its the management and bureaucracy that makes everything unmanageable and sooo stressful.

    At some point all of this social / socialist “concern” and data gathering will result in no time to teach children anything. Ah, their plan comes perfectly together.

  • Chris L

    So little Sally is going to be “evaluated” by the divorced 40 year old recovering alcoholic who teaches her math. He doesn’t really know much about child psychology (and doesn’t have custody of his own kids), only sees Sally for about 35 minutes a day, but we now have to consider him an expert in Sally’s mental state. Yeah, that will work.

  • wayne

    Chris–
    great stuff.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *